You might remember that over the last two decades towns, counties, and states have given corporations huge tax breaks and other incentives to relocate to (or even stay in) the area. Now that our towns, counties, and states are all facing huge deficits, I propose a small change to our social order: Let’s call those “incentives” what they really were.
Just like bribery in a corrupt developing country, money changes hands for individual profit; though here the money is essentially funneled through the bureaucracy rather than front corporations. Just like bribery, the public loses out in the long run.
So let’s call these bribes what they really are… and then give them (and the people who offer and accept them) the treatment they deserve.